Tales of History and Imagination

Eccentric tales from History by Simone Whitlow

Seven: Sophxit! – The Tale of Count Konigsmarck and Princess Sophia Dorothea.

February 17th, 2021

Today’s tale is set Hanover, a small Germanic Duchy whose royal family would go on to become kind of a big deal. The date, July 1st 1694. A handsome young man, aided only by moonlight, sails along the Leine river till he reaches the Leineschloss – the palatial riverside home of the duke and his family. He moors his boat, then cautiously enters the property.
Little does he know at the time, but within hours he’d disappear without a trace. Never to be seen again.

This week’s tale is all about loveless marriages, dangerous liaisons, wicked behaviour ... and what it really took to leave ‘the firm’ many many years before the Megxit of Meghan and Harry.

Postscript: On the day I was mixing the music to this episode it was announced the Sussexes are expecting baby number two – For what it’s worth I offer them my congratulations and hope all goes well for them...  

This week’s episode was originally published March 24th 2020. You can read the episode here.

As per last episode, my voice remains scratchy – without even the usual side effect of huskiness. Sorry folks I ran out of time to redo the narration.

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About the Author: Simone Whitlow is an academic, competitive quizzer, songwriter and musician, formerly with Auckland rock band Ishtar. She earns a living as a small, squeaky wheel in a big corporate machine...

Though she has never fought for, or against the Holy Roman Empire, her first job was mowing lawns on a military base. Transgender, she uses she/her pronouns, a fact she mentions every fortnight as – even when her voice is in perfect working order – it stands in stark contrast with her visage.    

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